A different kind of dog DNA company
Not all dog DNA tests are created equal — and neither are the companies that make them. While some of our competitors are part of big conglomerates, Embark is a startup founded by dog-loving scientists and veterinarians. We only focus on one thing: canine health.
Our founders, Ryan and Adam Boyko, spent years traveling the world and swabbing dogs in remote areas of Europe, Asia, and South America. But they knew there was more they could do to support all dogs.
That's why they launched Embark: to enlist the help of dog lovers everywhere to turbo-charge this research.
We’ve studied over 1 million samples from dogs like yours. Here’s just some of what we’ve discovered:
We invest in cutting-edge science to give you the most useful results.
Each of our tests is engineered to illuminate your dog’s specific health needs.
Screen for more genetic health conditions (250+ and growing)
"One of my dogs has a hereditary issue. Embark notified me immediately before completing the rest of the tests. I took Allie to the vet, unknown health issues were fixed and she is now on preventative treatment (prescription dog food). So grateful!"
– Vicky and Allie
Recommend based on genetics
"I had never heard of the Gentle Leader head collar... [Before,] Kelce would drag me for 30 minutes, notwithstanding the fact he was gagging for air from the worthless choke chain! All 5 reviews used "Amazing" or "Awesome", and so would mine! Our very first walk was actually enjoyable! For you to recommend it based on his genetics blew my mind"
– Carolyn and Kelce
Get the most precise breed breakdown
“We have been able to tailor Loki’s training and exercise regime much better to suit her needs now that we know she is composed of primarily working breeds. Our dog found her passion in scent work and has been much happier since.”
– Darius and Loki
Find and connect with your dog’s relatives
“I was beyond excited to have found a brother who was a 56% match, probably from a previous litter. We connected and learned that they lived only 15 minutes from us. We now have weekly play dates.”
Balance and restore healthy digestion
“Emmy had chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and she was rapidly losing weight. We tried diet changes and medications, but we couldn’t get her to stabilize. After microbiome testing and the supplements, there was a turning point. Emmy had firm poops! Then she was gaining weight.”
– Sandy and Emmy
“Embark Breed + Health Kit’s sizable breed database, wide array of inherited-disease screenings, and reliable customer support mark it as the best dog DNA test.”
“You trust only the best for your fur baby, and Embark is nothing but praised … the people at Embark care about your dog just as much as you do.”
Vets and breeders
Better for veterinarians.
Better for breeders.
The genetic insights that an Embark dog DNA test provides can be used for so much more than breed identification (although that's certainly fun!).
Veterinary professionals rely on genetic screening to assess the risk of known inherited disorders that can impact their clinical recommendations and potentially prolong a patient's life. Once again, you don't have to take our word for it. The professionals at Telford Veterinary Hospital credit Embark with helping them make life-changing diagnoses and decisions to help their patients live longer, healthier lives.
We've developed unique tools for breeders that allow them to make more informed decisions about pairings without having to rely on pedigree alone. Only Embark calculated an expected Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) between breeding pairs, which can help keep breeding lines genetically diverse while potentially breeding out genetic disease and disability.
By the numbers
We’re running ahead of the pack.
Is Embark the best choice for your dog? Compare our products to the leading competitor to see for yourself.
|DNA Test technology||Embark||The leading competitor|
|Number of physical traits||35+||35+|
|Includes dingoes, coyotes, wolves, and village dogs|
|Product suite||Embark||The leading competitor|
|Breed + Health Test|
|Gut Health Test|
|Oral Health Test|
|What you get||Embark||The leading competitor|
|DNA collectionAll Tests||Soft cotton swab 😁||Rough bristle swab ☹️|
|RelativesAll DNA Tests||Find and connect using our patented technology.||Find only.|
|Breed reveal videoAll DNA Tests|
|Wolfiness scoreAll DNA Tests|
|Maternal and paternal lineageAll DNA Tests|
|Dogs like mine|
When you choose Embark, you're getting the best and most complete canine health test results.
You're supporting the work of leading researchers in canine health.
And you're joining a community of dog lovers who are committed to a brighter future for all dogkind.
You might just end up getting the zoomies too!